Remarkable footage captured by NASA shows a massive explosion that occurred on the surface of the Sun, while waves of ultraviolet light sparked.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower lit up the night sky over the Changbai Mountain in northeast China's Jilin Province over the weekend. The spectacle was recorded by star gazers with fast-motion cameras. The meteor shower reached its peak on April 22 and 23 this year. Round the midnight on Saturday, observers found dozens of meteors per hour visible in the sky. Meteor showers are caused when dust and other particles break off from an astronomical body and enter Earth's atmosphere on parallel courses. The Lyrid meteor shower occurs in late April, usually between 19 and 23 every year, when the Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher.
On the morning of April 22, a serious landslide occurred on the Vam Nao River in My Cho Dong Commune, Cho Moi District, An Giang Province, submerging dozens of houses into the river. An Giang emergency declaration. Vietnam.
The story of one man who survived a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest in 2015 is breaking his silence in a new documentary. Michael Churton was in the thick of it as a wave of ice, snow, and boulders came barreling at him. The lethal avalanche was triggered by an earthquake and claimed the lives of 200 people. His story is featured in the forthcoming Smithsonian Channel documentary, "Nightmare on Everest." Despite what happened, Churton said he would certainly go back.
From sky high icebergs to gaping valleys iced with a glistening layer of snow, these stunning aerial images capture the breathtaking beauty of the Arctic. Getty photographer Mario Tama flew above the frozen wilds this March in a bid to understand more about the impact of climate change on the frozen landscape. He accompanied a team of scientists from Nasa's ongoing polar project, Operation IceBridge, gaining privileged access to some of the world's most remote spots, including Pituffik in Greenland and areas within the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Tama flew out of Thule Air Base, the U.S. military's northernmost base located some 750 miles above the Arctic Circle, on eight-hour research flights over ice sheets and the Arctic Ocean. According to Nasa scientists and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), winter sea ice in the Arctic reached its lowest level on March 7 since satellites began recordings in 1979. Scientists have said the Arctic has been one of the regions hardest hit by climate change. Nasa's Operation IceBridge spring campaign flights started on March 9 and will continue until May 12.
Mount Etna continued to spit out plumes of ash and smoke, on the island of Sicily, as the volcano emitted lava onto its slopes, Thursday. The 3,329 metre (10,922 ft) high mountain has been erupting since Monday. Mount Etna is Europe's most active volcano and lies between the cities of Messina and Catania. The current eruption originates from the south-eastern crater and is visible from as far as the east coast of Sicily. The last time Etna erupted was in May 2016. The current eruption does not threaten nearby settlements, according to experts.
Researchers used a drone to capture rare aerial images of blue whale's feeding. Blue whales, the largest creature on Earth, get their energy by consuming krill - some of the smallest animals on Earth. With the drone, the researchers were able to gain an aerial perspective of a blue whale on its side, lunging to eat a large plume of krill in one big bite. Dr Leigh Torres, Assistant Professor at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, said that the behavior 'is something we often see from the boat, and we see splashing and we can tell the animal turns on its side but - but with the drone we were able to get this remarkable new perspective'. In the video taken in New Zealand, the whale sees that there is a large krill patch in the water. It turns on its side and pumps its flukes (tail fins), opens its mouth and lunges to eat the entire plume. Dr Torres said that animals have huge energetic demands because they are so big, and it requires energy from them to eat. Blue whales are a type of baleen whale - they have long plates of 'baleen' which hang in a row, like the teeth of a comb, from their upper jaws. Baleen plates act as a filter feeding system for baleen whales. 'Every time a blue whale opens its mouth, it's like putting on the brakes, it slows way down so these animals have to make decisions about what's worth opening their mouth for'. Before opening its mouth, the whale swims at a speed of 6.7 miles per hour (10.8 kilometers per hour), but after it opens its mouth, it slows down to a speed of 1.1 miles per hour (1.8 kilometers per hour). In one instance filmed by the drone, the whale looks at a path of krill, turns on its side as if it were about to feed on it, but then it decides the patch of krill isn't worth slowing down for, so it keeps swimming and moves past it. The reason why drone are so useful for this type of research is that the whales don't notice that the drone is above them. 'It's a great way to film their behavior without disturbing their behavior at all, unlike other aerial methods like a helicopter or a plane that can't hover or makes a lot of noise,' said Dr Torres. She said that these whales are living and feeding in an area where there's a lot of human activity. 'There's an oil and gas operation, there's a seabed mining permit application going on, there's a lot of vessel traffic - so amongst all of that activity, these animals need to be able to find their food and feed efficiently,' Dr Torres said. She said that the more we know about how the whales are finding their food and what makes food that's good for them, it'll help people manage their populations and make sure that human activities aren't having too much of an impact on them.
Video technology and science converge on an active volcano in Vanuatu, where explorer Sam Cossman operated camera-mounted drones to capture high-definition images of the spectacular yet dangerous Marum Crater. Cossman and his team piloted the drones over the 7.5-mile-wide (12-kilometer) caldera while confronting toxic gases and boiling lava. Although two drones succumbed to the harsh environment, the team was able to bring back video and photos that will help scientists learn more about the volcano and the life around it.
A spectator has captured the incredible moment an enormous bolt of lightning narrowly missed an oval as men played an amateur game of AFL. Steph Collis was watching her brother-in-law play through torrential downpour at Greaves Reserve, in Melbourne's south-east, on Saturday afternoon. As the men braved the awful conditions midway through the fourth quarter, the sky opened up in a brilliant flash of purple as lightning struck. With less than seven minutes to go and eight towering poles a reminder of the very real danger of electrocution, the game was immediately called off by officials.
Took the Mavic Pro over to South Africa and what transpired was magnificent.
Virginia Beach woman Jennifer Mingo's security camera recorded the horrifying moment a tornado ripped through home.
A severe hailstorm battered the Chinese city of Guiyang leaving chunks of ice on the roads. The storm wreaked havoc for as long as three hours on the evening of April 5 with hailstones the size of an egg, reports the People's Daily Online. The large hailstones shattered windows and damaged vehicles. Video footage shows the severity of the storm. Vehicles can be seen struggling to get through the high waters. The ground can be seen covered in large chunks of ice. At one point, vehicles can be seen with their alarms going off due to the force of the storm. The Guizhou Provincial Meteorological Observatory said that the central part of Guizhou Province was heavily hit by the storm. Some townships had heavy rain while in the east of the province, there was strong lightning, winds and hailstones. Pictures show the aftermath of the incident and the cleanup operation. Roads were left flooded by the freak storm.
A powerful line of storms whipped across Georgia, prompting tornado warnings, winds in excess of 70 mph and damage like this. MOSTRAR MAIS
An overflowing river has killed dozens of people and injured many more as an avalanche of water destroyed families' homes. The incident triggered by intense rains left at least 24 dead and 65 people injured in Mocoa, near Colombia's border with Ecuador. Carlos Ivan Marquez with Colombia's national disaster agency says the river flooded around midnight, catching unsuspecting residents off guard in the early Saturday hours. Emergency response workers were continuing the search for survivors, with the number of reported deaths climbing in the morning hours. Images shared by residents online showed vast areas filled with wood planks and other debris. President Juan Manuel Santos is expected to visit the region Saturday.
Alaska's capital Juneau is on alert after the city saw its third avalanche in five weeks. A terrifying snow slide nearly crushed multiple homes on Friday, leaving mountains of debris on neighborhood streets. City residents were advised to be cautious of weak layers of snow due to recent wet weather and temperatures above freezing. One resident, Carole Triem captured the avalanche on video as it cascaded down Mount Juneau. Triem said she heard an unusual sound when she left an indoor swimming pool in downtown Juneau after her Friday morning workout. Initially, she had thought the startling noise was thunder, 'which is strange because we don't get thunder here in Juneau.' Instead, what she saw was a massive avalanche coming down from 2,500 feet. The avalanche was about 300 feet wide and 10 to 20 feet deep, Anchorage Daily News reported. An avalanche in Alaska's capital city isn't an unusual event after several this year. But what was different for Triem, she said, was that she was able to pull her phone out and capture most of it on a 70-second video. 'I looked up, and I think I caught the very beginning of it,' she said. 'I think I got pretty lucky.' She didn't feel like she was in any danger since she was far enough away from it, and didn't feel a whoosh of air from the avalanche. 'I couldn't feel anything different from where I was standing, just normal cold and wet,' she said of Juneau's typical weather. Juneau Police Lt. David Campbell said there were no injuries and no homes were struck in this southeast Alaska city sandwiched by mountains and the ocean. Local emergency manager Tom Mattice said the avalanche, an edge of which spilled onto a city street near a house, hit a gate and van. The mangled gate had included an avalanche warning sign. Residents had been warned of heightened avalanche danger on Mount Juneau as the city has been hit by recent rainfall. Triem caught not only the avalanche on video, but also more moisture - this time in the form of waterfalls - that followed the snow down the mountain.
34-year-old Field Guide, Cliff Butlin, managed to provide his guests with a stupefying front-row-seat sighting at Mjejane Game Reserve, 21 March 2017. Cliff recalls: “The lions had already attacked the calf before I arrived. The buffalo cow and other members of the herd had pushed the lions away, so when I arrived at the sighting the lions were watching the buffalo from a safe distance plotting their attack again. After an hour of waiting, the buffalo started moving off with the lions not too far behind them. I went down a road and waited for the buffalo to arrive when another OSV radioed in to say that the lions were starting to give chase. This was when all hell broke loose and the calf was left behind. The lions had initially run past the calf as they did not see it on the other side of the bush, but when the calf called for its mother, the lions turned and locked eyes on the helpless victim and I knew they were going take it down. The mother of the calf did not come back as she was possibly injured as well during the first attack and the other buffalo could smell the lion's scent on the calf. I’ve been guiding now for just over 12 years, mainly doing Kruger park drives and tours but in the last 3 years, I’ve been on Mjejane Reserve which is a private reserve incorporated into the Kruger. I’ve seen a lot over the years but this was a special moment! When you predict the moment and it unfolds in exactly that way, it is so rewarding. Advice to others in the same sighting situation would be to remain still and not to panic. My main theory is not to put human emotions on the wild animals in situations like this That evening the lions were in the same area drinking next to the road. The next day we found the buffalo herd that was chased and noticed a bull buffalo with its tail missing so I suspect these lions had another go at them during the night with no luck”.
Cyclone Debbie showed its power as it destroyed woman's island resort room.
Mount Etna continued to erupt on Tuesday, as the volcano seeped lava onto its slopes. The 3,329 metre (10,922 ft) high mountain has experienced many lava flows throughout March. Ten people were reportedly injured last week when magma flowed into snow causing a violent explosion which sent stones and rocks flying across slopes according to emergency services.
The Kambalny volcano, located in the Yuzhno-Kamchatsky wildlife preserve in Kamchatka, showed activity on Saturday after first rumbling a day earlier, for the first time in around 250 years.
Man leaps from car over raging floodwaters in Peru
Watching might make you feel like centipede is crawling on your skin
Apocalyptic scenes continue to make their way out of Peru after one of the deadliest downpours in decades. A sudden and abnormal warming of the waters of the Pacific off the country's coast has triggered extensive flooding. Peru's rainy season has delivered 10 times more rainfall than usual. The authorities say at least 62 people have died and more than 70,000 made homeless.
A gaping sinkhole has wreaked havoc on Auckland streets after heavy floods opened up the footpath. Torrential rain lashed the North Island which caused road to collapse into a sinkhole, pulling trees and debris into its crevice. The flood damage has left families homeless and businesses destroyed as the water caused devastation in New Lynn, west of Auckland CBD. A car was left teetering close to the edge of the chasm as surrounding wreckage was sucked into the sinkhole. Over 300 homes in Auckland were left flooded with waist-deep water after a huge rain storm. Eighteen people have been placed into emergency accommodation following the flash flood, the NZ Herald reports. The rain reached 65mm in only one hour in some areas, and residents said it took just 15 minutes for the water to flood their homes and turn streets into raging rivers.
Incredible footage has emerged of a massive 'tornado' tearing through Brisbane airport. Vision of the dramatic scenes flooded social media on Friday afternoon as the 'twister' was spotted hovering near Brisbane Airport. First seen in Clontarf, the funnel cloud was seen moving south as residents took out their smartphones to snap the cloud as it appeared over Viola Place at around 2pm.Higgins Storm Chasing first posted the footage to Facebook calling the swirl a 'tornado' however other users were quick to describe the event as a 'willy willy' or 'dust devil'. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jim Richardson says that the tornado was most likely a landspout. 'We can't officially confirm it, but we do have unconfirmed reports indicating that there was a landspout near the Airport, southeast of DFO,' Mr Richardson told MyGC. 'This is due to pretty moist low levels, unstable environments and airmass boundaries sort of colliding ... creating this very localised, very short-lived activity.' After issuing a warning at 3.30pm for storm activity that could hit Brisbane's CBD, the bureau downgraded the warning by 4.18 stating that severe thunderstorms were no longer affecting the southeast Queensland area. The warnings come on top of well-above-average temperatures for Brisbane in March. Temperature reached as high as 35.7C at 1.21pm which is almost 8C above the state's average for March. It comes only days after wild weather hit the country's east-coast, with torrential rain and hail storms the size of golf-balls seen across Queensland and New South Wales.
A BBC journalist has described the moment she and a team of scientists were caught up in a “huge explosion” during a volcanic eruption. Rebecca Morelle, the broadcaster’s global science correspondent, said that her crew was pelted with “boiling rocks and steam” while with volcanologists on Mount Etna in Sicily. But incredibly, she said that they escaped with only minor cuts and bruises after the blast, which injured 10 people. Separate news reports in Italy suggested the blast was caused by liquid-hot lava hitting snow on the Mediterranean island peak. Writing on Twitter, Ms Morelle said some of the crew had suffered “head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises”.
Several tourists have reportedly been injured as Mount Etna erupted for the third time in just under three weeks, spitting molten lava nearly 650 feet into the sky above Sicily. A BBC journalist and camera crew were caught in the huge explosion on Thursday. 'Lava flow mixed with steam - caused huge explosion - group pelted with boiling rocks and steam,' the BBC's global science correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, tweeted. She reported an estimated eight people suffered head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises.'An amazing 78 year old lady was very close - but safely got away,' Ms Morelle tweeted. 'Incident could have been worse - explosions like this have killed - but seems minor injuries for now. 'BBC team all OK - some cuts/ bruises and burns. Very shaken though - it was extremely scary. 'Running down a mountain pelted by rocks, dodging burning boulders and boiling steam - not an experience I ever ever want to repeat,' she added. Italian news reports say scientists investigating the recent eruptions were injured when magma spewing from the volcano hit snow, causing an explosion. The Catania operation center of Italy's volcanology institute confirmed Thursday that members of a team taking measurements on the active volcano had been injured, but had no details on the numbers involved or the seriousness of the injuries. The Catania Today website reported that at least three volcanologists were on the volcano when the explosion occurred just before noon, and that some were injured. This latest phase of activity at Europe's highest volcano follows the first eruption in more than a year at the end of February. The eruption came from a relatively new crater on the southeastern side of the 3,000-metre peak. It was captured on film by Italy's Geology and Vulcanology Institute (INGV). Etna has been putting on a show in recent days, however Catania's airport remains open and there have been only periodic spews of volcanic ash.
This is the dramatic moment a young woman caked in brown sludge fought to escape being swept away in a devastating mudslide in Peru. Footage shows the woman battling to survive as a raging torrent of flood water thick with debris ripped through a valley in the district of Punta Hermosa, south of captial city Lima. Terrified onlookers shouted to try to get her attention but were powerless to intervene as she was carried out towards the heaving brown rapids. The shocking video emerged after some of the the heaviest rains and hottest temperatures in two decades have battered Peru over the past month as weather linked to El Nino caused flooding and landslides that blocked the country's central highway and forced hundreds from their homes.
The United Kingdom has been inundated with Muslim migrants for decades, now we have examples on a daily basis of so-called sharia patrols walking around harassing citizens. Sadly some of these Muslims are actually first and 2nd generation born UK citizens. Here is one of the examples of a sharia patrol man walking around harassing people simply out for a good time.